JULY 23, 2015
Big Sandy Sons of the Revolution to observe Blue Licks Battle Ceremony
Big Sandy SAR and KYSSAR will observe the 233rd Battle Reenactment Commemoration of the last battle of the American Revolutionary War at Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Carlisle, KY, Aug 15 – 16.
On August 19, 1782, nearly seventy Kentuckians died in that battle even though Lord Charles Cornwallis had surrendered British forces at Yorktown, VA, Oct. 19, 1781. However, isolated conflicts continued between the Americans, British, and Indians as the KY frontier experienced some of the bloodiest British and Indian raids of the war almost one year after the surrender.
One of the first SAR events is scheduled for Friday evening at the Park Lodge when Big Sandy Chapter Vice President John David Preston, Paintsville, will tell meeting attendees about the history and significance of this last battle of the Revolutionary War.
KYSSAR’s Summer Meeting and Luncheon will be held Saturday, August 15, 9:30A – 12:30P at the Park Lodge. Following the luncheon, the Sons of American Revolution Memorial Service will begin at 1:45P at the Monument Site. This popular event recognizes descendants of the Revolutionary War patriots who fought the battle, including Col. John Todd, Lt. Col. Stephen Trigg, Lt. Col. Daniel Boone, Col. Benjamin Logan, Major Hugh McCary, and other recognizable names inscribed on the Monument.
A reenactment of the battle involving Native Americans, Colonial Pioneers, and British Rangers – all dressed in Period Clothing – will begin at 3P.
This two day event will bring history to life through hands on demonstrations, live music, and other 18th Century programs , including Battlefield Interpretive Walk, Pioneer Encampment, Warrior Walk, local crafters and concessions, Nature Walk viewing native plants and their uses, Running of the Gauntlet, and Tomahawk Throwing. Evening Buffet Dinner and Ambers Angles Cloggers